Designed by Laurinda Reddig of ReCrochetions
Abbreviations Used: Yarn Over (YO), Stitch (st), Chain (ch), Single Crochet (sc), Half Double Crochet (hdc), Double Crochet (dc)
X-Stitch: YO, skip first st, dc in next st; working behind dc just made, dc inserting the hook from front to back of the top of skipped st. (video)
Pattern:This pattern is now exclusively available in the ReCrochetions Presents: Rowan’s Learn to Crochet Sampler Afghan Book. Available in Right and Left-handed Editions (see links -->). The book also contains 4 more simple baby blanket patterns and a newborn hat, and 30 complete step-by-step tutorial.
Notes: The only trick to this stitch is figuring out how to insert your hook. I tried to find a good tutorial. The one in the link has small pictures, but you can click on them to make them bigger, easier to see. The Video link is much more helpful. If you still cannot get the hang of it, you can try working your 2nd dc in each X in front of the 1st dc. Working in front may be a bit easier, but looks a little different. I have simply always worked in the back, so that is how I wrote it. :) On the other hand, since I am lefthanded, a right-hander working in front of the 1st stitch would actually look more like my picture. So do what works for you, and let me know which you do. Thanks!
Rather than finishing the 2nd & 3rd versions of the blanket, this week I started 2 more!! I keep finding new yarns I want to try the pattern in, so I start a new blanket. Today I started one with Red Heart Soft, which I like working with SOOO much better than the Super Saver. I am also doing some squares with a slightly bulkier tweeded yarn in shades of blue. Several balls were donated, so I am not quite sure what brand it is, or how I will work it into a blanket with other yarns.
What yarns is everyone using? I am excited to have nearly 2 dozen of you following my Crochet Along now, from as far away as Germany, and as close as my friend just up the street. Thank you all for joining along!